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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

11 INDIVIDUAL INTEGRITY by Kathleen Dean Moore

14 fitbody


18 greenliving

Learn How to Avoid the Real Goblins by Melinda Hemmelgarn

25 naturalpet 26 calendar

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Embracing the Moral Imperative to Protect Earth




Chiropractic Care Prevents Injury, Boosts Performance by Linda Sechrist


TO ILLUMINATE classrooms


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We are pleased to introduce the premiere issue of Natural Awakenings, our community’s free healthy living magazine. Each month, print and digital versions of our magazine bring you practical news, views and tips on the latest natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living. Natural Awakenings of Greater Las Vegas Across the country, Natural co-publishers Mary Ruetten (left) Awakenings is inspiring more than 3 and Nancy Somera million loyal readers to up the ante on their personal health and wellness. Now Las Vegans can join in. Conceived as a homegrown newsletter in Naples, Florida, 17 years ago, Natural Awakenings has expanded into a growing family of 87 locally owned magazines. Beginning this month, you can find a copy of the Las Vegas issue at Whole Foods, Fresh & Easy and more than 300 other locations around town. In each monthly issue, you’ll find national and local news briefs. We’ll highlight natural health practitioner services, eco-minded businesses and relevant products that you will want to draw on to support your own healing and progress. Both our magazine and online calendars direct you to local educational opportunities and events where you will meet up with like-minded people. We aim to be your go-to resource for inspired insights on how to take greater control of your health and well-being. We invite you now to take a few minutes to explore each department of the magazine and to soak up the thought-provoking articles and expert advice. Throughout our community, many individuals and businesses are making a difference in the city and world we live in, some of which advertise in this magazine. In fact, without our committed advertisers, we wouldn’t be able to bring Natural Awakenings to you free each month, so you’re encouraged to support their businesses and services. One such difference-maker is City Engineer Wendy Fenner, the woman behind our local feature article, “LED Lights to Illuminate Classrooms,” on page 16. Also this month in “Zippy E-Bikes,” on page 18, learn what our Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is doing to promote and support alternative methods of transportation in Las Vegas. Our whole city is undergoing a shift toward a healthier, more sustainable way of being. Whether reading this magazine moves you to eat better, slow down, recommit to a passion, commit to satisfying forms of exercise, connect more deeply with nature, or adopt some other beneficial practice toward achieving a more balanced and authentic life, we encourage you to make the change. The steps you take will affect the movements of others and so benefit all. Take a leap with us, one simple step at a time. Be well and shine!

Mary Ruetten & Nancy Somera, Co-publishers

newsbriefs More Classes Available at Bikram Yoga Green Valley


ikram Yoga Green Valley now offers students additional evening classes at 4:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Monday through Friday. Morning classes begin at 5:30 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon. A modified schedule is offered on the weekends. Owner Stacey Shea opened Bikram Green Valley in June 2008, Stacey Shea and the studio’s continuous growth has prompted the new schedule. “We’re excited about the number of new members in our studio,” says Shea. “The additional evening class during the week will give our students more flexibility in their schedule.” Shea, who suffered a crippling back injury that ended her professional dance career, credits Bikram yoga with allowing her to live healthy and pain-free every day. The 90-minute class, conducted in a heated room, is a series of 26 hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises designed to provide a challenging, invigorating, rejuvenating and healing yoga experience, regardless of age, injuries or prior yoga experience. Location: 1550 N. Green Valley Pkwy., Ste. 310, Henderson. For more information and full daily class schedule, call 702463-0671 or visit See ad, page 13.

Natural Awakenings Supports Green Roots Efforts


o promote and encourage participation in the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Green Roots program, Natural Awakenings is offering participating businesses a 10 percent discount on advertising in Natural Awakenings magazine. Green Roots is a voluntary program that gives businesses the tools and resources necessary to launch, cultivate and expand green efforts. The free program also gives them recognition for green initiatives. The program comprises a series of “Green Levels” that establish and enhance sustainable business practices. Using simple steps to implement each level, this convenient process clearly identifies rebates and incentives; provides easy-to-use, downloadable PDF forms; and offers resources to activate each level’s features. Each business decides which level of participation is appropriate for their company and how much they wish to accomplish in any period. The program is self-audited by each participating business. For more information, contact Jeanette Ratcliffe at Ratcliffe@ or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Whole Foods Markets Raise Funds for New Foundation


he four Las Vegas Whole Foods Markets have teamed up to help raise money for the recently formed Whole Kids Foundation. Through September 30, customers can give to the Foundation through donations at the checkout register and by attending events scheduled at each store. Proceeds from these events will help the four stores reach their aggregate goal of $13,500. Whole Foods Foundation is a charitable organization that provides access to healthy food choices through partnerships with schools, educators and organizations. Aimed at making a significant impact on ending childhood obesity, the Foundation’s first major initiative is the Whole Kids Garden Grant Project, which will use the power of gardening to help build healthy relationships between children and food. All schools and garden-related nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply for grants that support the implementation or expansion of on-campus teaching gardens. The Foundation will also invest in the health of teachers by providing nutrition and cooking education, so that they can be the healthiest role models possible. For more information on the Foundation and how to apply for a school or community garden grant through the Whole Kids Garden Grant program, visit WholeKids See individual store websites for event dates/times.

Enhance Plant Health Using Less Water


eeping lawns lush and green and gardens healthy amid water restrictions is a balancing act for desert dwellers. In an effort to help Las Vegas residents, Sunstate Companies, a landscape services business, promotes a toxicfree, eco-friendly, custom fertilization program that promotes healthier plants and saves dollars through efficient water and fertilization usage. Using an automatic fertilizer injector tank called the Yard Feeder, fertilizer is automatically siphoned into the irrigation lines, where it is properly diluted and dispensed in regular intervals. The Yard Feeder is installed in-ground in a valve box and is attached to the main line of the irrigation, so that during each watering cycle, a small amount of Bio Tech Nutrients (BTN+) agriculture-grade fertilizer is fed to plants, trees and shrubs, offering nutrients throughout the month. Unlike most fertilizers that are salt- and phosphorous-based, BTN+ fertilizer is toxic-free and 96 percent carbon-, hydrogen- and oxygen-based. Other fertilizers create byproducts that increase salt levels and bind the soil, but the carbon levels in BTN+ help buffer and enhance the soil structure, allowing plants to grow stronger and deeper roots that draw on underground water reserves more efficiently. “Water is still king,” explains Sean Bullis, sales distributor at BTN+, “but with improved soil structure that enhances plant health, you can maintain a beautiful yard with less water.” Location: 6590 Boulder Hwy. For more information, call 702-798-1776 or visit See ad, page 17.

I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the garden. ~John Erskine 6

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Solar-Powered Waste Compactor Installed at UNLV


n an effort to continue promoting a culture of environmental responsibility on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), the first 100-percent solarpowered waste compactor in Southern Nevada has been installed there by Republic Services. The addition of the environmentally friendly GreenBuilt solar compactor from Marathon Equipment Company is one of several green initiatives on campus, and plans are in place to add a solar recycling compactor in the near future. “The installation of the solar compactors will reduce the overall carbon footprint for the university, while conserving energy usage,” states Joe Burkel, Republic Services of Southern Nevada area president. “We are proud to make UNLV our first customer utilizing the new equipment and are eager to expand awareness of solar waste and recycling bin options for businesses across the greater Las Vegas valley.” Republic Services recently implemented several other green projects to help improve the environment in the valley, including the Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Recycling Program. Currently, 115 of the nearly 900 MFH communities in Las Vegas are participating in the program. Desiring more participation, Republic Services has made improvements to the program, notably providing each location with more bins that now have a locking feature to prevent unwanted items from being disposed of in the bins. Free marketing and education materials are provided to property managers to help with easy implementation of the program. To inquire about Multi-Family Housing Recycling, call 702-735-5151 or visit See ad, page 10.

New Service at Four Seasons Dental Spa

The Reiki Clinic Supports Breast Cancer Survivors


erry Maurer, owner of The Reiki Clinic, is offering 50 percent off one full treatment for survivors of any cancer during October, in observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Whether in active treatment or recovery, all cancer survivors are welcome to take advantage of this offer to experience the healing and restorative balance Reiki brings. Maurer has extensive experience working with cancer patients and the Terry Maurer challenges they face. It was through her own battle with breast cancer that she was introduced to bio-energetic work and experienced profound healing of the body, mind and soul. Reiki sessions balance the bio-energetic channels, bringing mental clarity, emotional healing and physical relaxation. Location: World Wellness Group campus, 3110 S. Valley View, Ste. 202D. For more information or to set an appointment, call 702-497-3385. See ad, page 22.


im Wright, D.D.S., is bringing whiter smiles to patients in a safe, holistic and relaxing spa environment at Four Seasons Dental & Med Spa. For years, he has helped people achieve the healthy and Jim Wright beautiful smile they desire with traditional veneers, and now he is offering the new, prefabricated One Hour Lumineers, saving patients time and money. Wright’s approach to dentistry involves caring about the health of the entire person, not just their teeth. His clinical protocols include mercury-free and safe mercury removal practices, digital X-rays that reduce radiation exposure by 90 percent and fluoride-free treatments. Dr. Jim Wright, D.D.S., is an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology. Location: 8855 W. Flamingo Rd. For info on special offers for One Hour Lumineers, call 702-281-9900 or visit FourSeasonsDentalSpa. com. See ad, page 5.

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insp newsbriefs Fresh 52 Partners with Forager


resh 52, a weekly Nevada Certified Farmers’ Market, has partnered with California Produce forager Athena Pappas to expand the offerings of farmfresh fruits and vegetables to valley locals. Fresh 52 expects to double in size from the partnership, resulting in access to more certified organics. Pappas, a third-generation produce expert from familyowned California Produce, works closely with dozens of Southern California farmers to gather the freshest produce available and unique items not found at mainstream sources. “This is a huge deal for Las Vegas,” shares Carrie Hogan, founder and manager of Fresh 52. “We can now add to what our Southern Nevada local farmers grow and provide more of what the public wants.” Location: Tivoli Village, 302 S. Rampart, Sat., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Sansone Park Place, 9480 S. Eastern, Sun., 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit See ad, page 20.

Holly Madison Hosts Nevada Wild Fest


he Lili Claire Foundation will hold the second annual Nevada Wild Fest, October 12 through 16, at the Henderson Pavilion. Holly Madison, star of the PEEPSHOW and Holly’s World, will host the opening night. The festival features fun activities and entertainment for the whole family, including musical events on three stages; carnival rides and games; a children’s zone with talent shows; Holly Madison and three haunted houses, collectively known as Blood Village. Schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations can use the event as a fundraiser by selling tickets. Nevada Wild Fest will give back $2 on each $9 ticket sold. “The Nevada Wild Fest is a great community event, and we want to get as many people as possible involved,” says Keith Resnick, president of The Lili Claire Foundation. “We know supporting our schools, churches and other worthy causes, alongside of Lili Claire, strengthens our community and brings us closer.” All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lili Claire Foundation, dedicated to providing hope and answers, improving the lives of children living with neurogenetic birth conditions and creating services to support them and their families. Admission is $9 (kids under 3 free). For tickets, information and a full lineup of events and showtimes, call 702-862-8141 or visit See ad, page 7.


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nspiration healthbriefs October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Household Chemicals May Pose Risk for Breast Cancer


study recently published in the journal Environmental Health reports that frequent use of common household cleaning products may increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer. The study was undertaken by the Silent Spring Institute, a partnership of scientists, physicians, public health advocates and community activists dedicated to identifying links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer. Researchers conducted telephone interviews with 787 women diagnosed with breast cancer and 721 comparison women, questioning them about their product use, beliefs about breast cancer causes, and established and suspected risk factors. Executive Director Julia G. Brody, Ph.D., says, “Women who reported the highest combined cleaning product use had a doubled risk of breast cancer compared to those with the lowest reported use. Use of air fresheners and products for mold and mildew control were associated with increased risk. To our knowledge, this is the first published report on cleaning product use and the risk of breast cancer.” The use of insect repellents was also associated with increased risk.

Safflower Oil: Good for the Heart


afflower oil, a common cooking oil, may help improve insulin sensitivity, lower inflammation and blood sugar levels, and elevate HDL (good) cholesterol in overweight women with Type 2 diabetes, according to new research from Ohio State University. The study also revealed that the oil helps reduce abdominal fat, which is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. The findings indicate that a daily dietary dose of one and two-thirds teaspoons is sufficient for a person to benefit from the oil’s health-protective effects.

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Out of the mouths of babes sometimes comes great wisdom. Seven-year-old Mason Perez won a school science fair in Reno, Nevada, for his project addressing water usage efficiency. Now, two years later, the principles he outlined have been used to save his city tens of thousands of gallons of water. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that the boy’s inspiration came from an experience in a baseball field restroom, where he found the pressure of the sink’s faucet excessive. He turned it down and it still worked fine. For the project, Perez used a bucket and a stopwatch to measure water flow at several residences. By reducing the pressure while maintaining usability, he recorded savings of up to 24 percent. He repeated his experiments at several local businesses with the same positive results. Because the default position for valves in new construction is often 100 percent open, it is a simple procedure to adjust them to achieve a more efficient rate. Perez convinced the ballpark’s manager to try it, resulting in a 20 percent water savings for the municipal facility. The local utility, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, is now assessing whether the idea can be implemented in other parks, public schools, casinos and private homes.

Want to know how far it’s possible to travel by biking or using public transit in under 15 minutes? There’s a map for that. Mapnificent shows the areas one can reach from any point in a city at any given time. Stefan Wehrmeyer, a Berlin-based software architect, has developed a tool that uses public transit data to help users decide on where to live, work or meet up. Using data from the GTFS Data Exchange and overlaying the extracted information on a Google map, Mapnificent visualizes the reach of public transport in the selected city. This becomes especially useful for decision-making purposes, rather than trip planning. “Let’s say you found a job in San Francisco and want to move there,” Wehrmeyer explains. “Where can you live so that you need less than 30 minutes to go to your work place? Mapnificent is able to answer that question.” Mapnificent is available in public beta and can be used for major cities in the United States.



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INDIVIDUAL INTEGRITY Embracing the Moral Imperative to Protect Earth by Kathleen Dean Moore

Climate destabilization and environmental degradation are scientific, technological and economic issues, to be sure. But they are also fundamentally and primarily moral issues that call for a moral response.


hen we asked global moral leaders—“Do we have a responsibility to leave for the future a world as rich in possibility as our own?”—we received an outpouring of essays, articles, prayers and letters—all calling the world to action. The resulting book, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, shares the compelling testimony of more than 80 visionaries—theologians and religious leaders, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, naturalists, activists and writers—calling for a moral response to current climate change that is right, just and worthy of us as moral beings. The

motives vary: for the sake of the children; for the survival of humankind; because justice demands it; because compassion asks it; because we are called to be stewards of God’s creation. Whatever world view, religion and values an individual brings to the question, there is reason to act. Consider the American Revolution, the emancipation of slaves and the Civil Rights movement, each driven by deeply held and widely shared moral convictions. Today’s climate crisis creates such a historical moment. But only if we grasp the moral urgency of the decision now upon us can we individually and collectively meet the challenge.

We hear the arguments: I’m just one person; it may already be too late; the forces against us are strong; there’s really no hope of making a difference, so I won’t bother trying. But it’s a mistake to believe that we have only two options: to act in hope or to abdicate all moral agency in despair. Between the two extremes, a huge middle ground exists—call it integrity—where we have the power to shape our lives to embody our most profound sense of what is right and worthy. There is joy and liberation in waking up each morning affirming, “I have power over my decisions. I refuse to do what I know is wrong and will divest myself of the things I don’t believe in. By living with integrity and joining with others in communities of caring, I will create with my life a new definition of success and happiness.” We can’t count on inventors, scientists or politicians to save us. What will save us are our singular human capabilities: to celebrate and to grieve; to love our children and the astonishing, beautiful Earth; to honor justice; and ultimately, to imagine how to live in a better way. We are called upon today to participate in the greatest global exercise of the moral imagination the world has ever seen. Kathleen Dean Moore is co-editor of Moral Ground and author of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature. For more information, visit

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ur little ones, masquerading this month as ghosts and goblins, only look scary. What’s really frightening are the toxic chemicals lurking in our families’ food and water. Pregnant women, infants and children are most vulnerable, because expectant, young and growing bodies are less able to break down and excrete toxins. Halloween screams for a list of valid fears, plus strategies to keep our families safe. Pesticides: According to Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Boulder, Colorado-based Organic Center, more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides are used each year in the United States alone. More than half of the most widely applied pesticides are known endocrine disruptors, compounds that mimic natural hormones and interfere with normal development. At Beyond Pesticides’ annual meeting last spring, Indianapolis-based


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neonatologist Dr. Paul Winchester explained how pesticide exposure contributes to birth defects, autism, hyperactivity, diabetes, reduced fertility, obesity and cancer. It’s no wonder that the President’s Cancer Panel Report recommends choosing foods grown or produced without pesticides. Genetically Modified Foods: An estimated 70 percent of common processed foods lining supermarkets shelves, including Halloween candy, contain at least one genetically modified (GM) ingredient. Yet, genetically modified crops and foods (GMOs) have never been tested for long-term safety. Since the introduction of GM crops 13 years ago, Benbrook says pesticide use has increased by more than 300 million pounds. Because GM crops are designed to withstand pesticide spray, over time, weeds and pests naturally develop resistance, requiring more and stronger chemicals. Mercury Rising: Recent U.S. Geo-

logical Survey research found mercury contamination in every fish sampled from 291 streams nationwide. More surprising, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) found mercury in assorted products containing high fructose corn syrup, likely the result of the sweetener’s manufacturing process, says Renee Dufault, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration health officer. David Wallinga, a medical doctor and director of the Food and Health program at IATP, says mercury is a toxic, heavy metal that harms brain development; no exposure level is considered safe. Plastic Poisons: Like pesticides, plastics can release endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A (BPA) into food and water. Even more scary, “These compounds are biologically active at extremely low and previously undetected levels,” says University of Missouri biologist Frederick vom Saal.

Food Dyes: The Center for Science in the Public Interest reports that common food dyes can pose unnecessary risks for cancer, hyperactivity and allergies. Each year, approximately 15 million pounds of synthetic food dyes are added to foods that are heavily marketed to children. It’s frightening to think of our children as guinea pigs for profit, isn’t it? Here’s how to keep family members safe: Buy Organic: Researchers at Washington State University found that switching children from a conventional to an organic diet resulted in a dramatic drop in pesticide exposure. By definition, organic foods cannot contain GMOs, synthetic pesticides, artificial hormones or antibiotics. Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., a prominent ecologist and author of Living Downstream, says, “Organic food is really a bargain, when you consider the full cost to our children’s health and their environment.” Read Labels: Most nonorganic corn, soy, canola and

sugar (processed from sugar beets, not cane) are genetically engineered, although an identifying label is not required. Common GMO ingredients include soy lecithin, corn starch and high fructose corn syrup. “Good” food advocates suggest that we call or write our favorite food manufacturers and tell them we won’t buy their products if they use GMO ingredients or artificial colors. Avoid Plastics: Always heat food in glass, lead-free ceramic, stainless steel or other non-reactive metal cookware (excludes most nonstick brands). Avoid House and Garden Chemicals: Banish bug sprays and lawn and garden chemicals in favor of more natural products. Check with Beyond Pesticides for suggested alternatives, at Pass this Article on to Friends: Protect the neighborhood and beyond. Petition Legislators: Ask representatives to support H.R. 5820, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act, at actioncenter. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host based in Columbia, MO. Tune into “Food Sleuth” radio at her at FoodSleuth@ For more information visit: The Organic Center (; Pesticide Action Network of North America (; IATP Smart Guides (

BANISHING THE CANDY MONSTER n When goblins come a-knocking, offer stickers, pencils, crayons or children’s party favors. n Host a haunted dinner party with a creepy twist: Serve guacamole (aka “frogs’ guts”), spaghetti with tomato sauce (“bloody brains”) and organic cranberry juice mixed with warm spiced cider (“Dracula’s blood”). Eat by candlelight or around a fire pit and howl at the moon. n Make up spooky stories. n Emphasize the dress-up factor. Visit a secondhand store and create unique costumes, complete with homemade masks, face paint and hairdos. n Celebrate the season with true treats, like time with family and nature. Take a treasure hunt hike to search for leaves, feathers, rocks and seedpods. Decorate small pumpkins or gourds from the farmers’ market, dunk for organic apples, carve jack-o-lanterns and toast pumpkin seeds. Yum. natural awakenings

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FOR FITNESS Chiropractic Care Prevents Injury, Boosts Performance by Linda Sechrist


hat do diswithstand the rigors October is tinguished and intensity of each National Chiropractic of their sports, these athletes like Jerry Rice, a Hall champions have both Health Month of Fame retired wide used the services of receiver and threea chiropractic doctor time Super Bowl champion, and Lance skilled in chiropractic sports sciences Armstrong, a former professional road and rehabilitation. racing cyclist and seven-time Tour de As more athletes discover that chiFrance winner, have in common? To ropractic care goes beyond rehabilita-


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tion benefits to further enhance performance, they are coming to rely on it as a tool to support the healthy structure and functioning of their skeletal and muscular system. A 2002 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics noted that 31 percent of National Football League teams include chiropractors on their staff. Doctor of Chiropractic Jeff Ludwick assists players of the Harrisburg Stampede, a semi-professional Pennsylvania football team. “Improper spinal alignment creates muscular imbalances and nerve interferences,” advises Ludwick, owner of Camp Hill Family Chiropractic, in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. “With properly aligned skeletal and nervous systems, an athlete’s body doesn’t have to work as hard,” which is why team members receive spinal adjustments before hitting the field for this highimpact sport. Ludwick notes that football is known for stressing hip joints, because when a player’s hip turns out even a few degrees, especially from sudden changes in direction, falling or violent contact with another player, tendons and muscles become tighter on one side than the other. “Chiropractic adjustments anticipate and prevent this, so that the body doesn’t have to waste energy compensating for imbalances,” he explains. Traditionally, chiropractic care is known for focusing on postural adjustments to minimize abnormal stresses and strains that affect the function of the nervous system and act on joints and spinal tissues. But active exercises and stretches, extension traction and

ergonomic education are frequently added as preventive protocols to help athletes avert injury.

Cause and Effects

The spinal cord operates like a switchboard for the body, transferring electrical impulses via a network of nerves. It works properly as long as there is no interference between the brain and tissue cells. But when nerve endings swell due to misaligned vertebrae, injury is more likely. Research reported in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine and The Physician and Sportsmedicine indicates that chiropractic sports science helps find and correct the underlying causes, and thus helps prevent and heal injuries. During one research project, Chung Ha Suh, Ph.D., and his team at the University of Colorado demonstrated that even, “minuscule amounts of pressure on a nerve root (equal to a feather falling on the hand), resulted in up to a 50 percent decrease in electrical transmission down the course of the nerve supplied by that root.” The resulting biomechanical misalignment causes a domino effect: It exerts abnormal pressure on the nerve root, causes

As more athletes discover that chiropractic care goes beyond rehabilitation benefits to further enhance performance, they are coming to rely on it as a tool to support the healthy structure and functioning of their skeletal and muscular system. interference in the brain’s impulses to tissue cells, and alters the performance of any muscles and organs that the nerve serves. Chiropractic Physician Jay Sweeney, owner of San Antonio Family Alternative Medicine, in Texas, uses functional neurology to “send a barrage of neurologically correct signals through the nervous system straight into the brain” in order to promote the balance, stability and coordination that enhance athletic performance and help prevent injuries. Dr. Nicole Galiette, owner of Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center, in Cheshire, Connecticut, believes that her

expertise as a marathon runner helps to guard athlete clients from fatigue and stress that affect joints as a result of repetitive motions. “In any sport, there is a tendency to use one side, one joint or one movement more than others,” advises Galiette. For example, cyclists and runners’ repetitive stress injuries most often occur in the knees and back, while swimmers and baseball pitchers experience them in the shoulders. When Galiette treats cyclists that overwork their leg muscles and lean forward in an awkward spinal position for extended periods, she emphasizes strengthening exercises. “Injuries that heal properly are less susceptible to future flare-ups,” she notes. “Anyone that pushes their body hard needs to be in proper alignment, to keep the muscular system balanced,” Galiette asserts. “Strengthening the muscles around body mechanisms that are most frequently used means that the integrity of the surrounding structures won’t be compromised and cause other problems.” Linda Sechrist is a senior writer and editor for Natural Awakenings.

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LED Lights

to Illuminate Classrooms by Nancy somera he Las Vegas LED Classroom Lighting Initiative Project is gaining momentum, due to the efforts of Wendy Fenner, principal civil engineer of Clark County. What began as a solution to a medical condition for a Calvary Christian Learning Academy (CCLA) student has led to findings that have attracted the attention of Senator Harry Reid’s office and Paul Gerner, associate superintendent of facilities for the Clark County School District (CCSD). The idea of the project came to Fenner while she was attending a birthday party with her 7-year-old daughter Morgan in the summer of 2009. Fenner learned that one of Morgan’s CCLA first grade classmates was afflicted with a rare, life-threatening medical condition, erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP). These individuals are very sensitive to ultraviolet (UV) light, and when exposed to sunlight or fluorescent lights commonly used in schools, they experience severe pain, itching and blistering of the skin. With prolonged exposure, they can develop gall bladder and liver disease. Learning this, Fenner was moved to find a way to help the young girl, who wears hats and long sleeves to school to limit the harmful exposure, but can’t completely eliminate it to her face and hands. Fenner recalled from her college days how fascinated she was with a physics course on light prisms, and how each color of the rainbow has a specific order and wavelength: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and ultraviolet. The visible red wavelength has the longest wavelength and there are even longer far infrared light waves, used in many saunas and laser treatments. At the other end of the visible spectrum are the blue and ultraviolet wavelengths that are much shorter. A significant percentage of the lamp rays generated from man-made fluorescent lights utilize the blue and ultraviolet portions of



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the light spectrum. Fenner’s research into light emitting diode (LED) lights began when she discovered that unlike florescent or incandescent lights, LED lights are manufactured with controllable wavelengths, and the ultraviolet waves can be programmed out. LED lights create white light by combining the red through green wavelengths of the light spectrum. “I knew changing the lights would make a difference for this little girl, as well as other students and teachers who have a low tolerance to fluorescent light. However, using LED lamps as replacement bulbs for fluorescent and traditional incandescent bulbs was a relatively new technology. I knew they were expensive and we would need help with the funding,” Fenner recalls. LED lights do not contain toxins or hazardous materials like mercury and are extremely energy efficient. If manufactured properly, they can last 10 years or more. Fenner notes, “I researched the energy savings and learned that the cost of the LED bulbs would pay for themselves in less than two years. I began researching energy incentive programs that were available to the Las Vegas community.” She reached out to well-connected members within the Las Vegas energy community, and obtained grants and funding from the city of Las Vegas Green Building Program and the Green Chips Public/Private Partnership. Combining this with the school’s traditional fundraising efforts, she raised the $19,000 needed to retrofit the main building of the school, which houses the preschool through fourth grade classrooms. Fenner’s research led her to industry expert Adam Green, LED Optics owner and national sales manager of the Energy Efficiency Division of NEDCO Supply, who supported the project with his high-quality LED products and

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Test Score Improvements Calvary Christian Learning Academy Third and Fourth Grade Stanford Academic Test (SAT) Score Comparison (change in normal curve equivalent %) Total Reading – Majority exceeded 3.5% increase; maximum individual increase 28% Reading Vocabulary – maximum individual increase 40.9% Reading Comprehension – maximum individual increase 31% Total Math – Majority exceeded 1.9% increase; maximum individual increase 17.8% Math Problem Solving – maximum individual increase 22.9% Math Procedures – maximum individual increase 24% Total Language – Majority exceeded 2.9% increase; maximum individual increase 22% Spelling – Majority exceeded 3.2% increase; maximum individual increase 22% Listening Skills – Majority exceeded 3.3% increase; maximum individual increase 27.3% Thinking Skills – Majority exceeded 2.3% increase; maximum individual increase 21%

expertise. In July 2010, volunteers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 357 helped install the new LED lamps, and then they waited and watched. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, the health condition of the little girl that inspired this project improved dramatically. Even more amazingly, most of the students in the third and fourth grade classrooms reported academic test scores that were well above average. Improvements in the students’ scores, as well as their listening and thinking skills, have caught the attention of several community leaders (see accompanying “Test Score Improvements” sidebar). As a result of the LED light conversion, the school also enjoyed a 23 percent decrease in power consumption in Building B, where the lights were installed, for an average monthly savings of $500. Fenner has plans to bring the LED project to classrooms with autistic children. Based on the CCLA results, she predicts that the autistic students will show signs of improvement that can be related to the LED lights and their role in reducing environmental triggers caused by fluorescent lighting. She also is working with the CCSD in moving toward the implementation of a pilot program within the public schools. Paul Gerner, CCSD associate superintendent of facilities, is optimistic. “We’re always interested in the connection that technology has with energy usage, and

any improvements where education is concerned,” he says. Regarding future LED projects within the CCSD, Gerner comments, “The logical next step is for our statistical department to evaluate the data coming in and see what is provable. The challenge that is always present in gathering educational data is creating methodology for the collection of measurable and meaningful data. We do, however, have the advantage of over 1,000 classrooms that could be used in some type of pilot experiment to generate significant amounts of controlled data to be analyzed.” Fenner admits, “Las Vegas is already known around the world for our constant innovation and ability to continually reinvent our bright light image. What I really want Las Vegas to be known for is how our community is willing to join forces for our children and work together to help make more of our students brighter in terms of health and academic performance. If we choose to rally for our children, I know that it will also lead us on a quicker path towards energy independence and economic growth.” Wendy Fenner, P.E., is the LED Project coordinator. Contact her at 702-4910977 or Editor’s Note: A more comprehensive version of this article appears on the Natural Awakenings-Las Vegas website at

Why Choose LED Lamps Over Fluorescent and Incandescent? • Less wattage per unit of lumens of light generated • Fewer greenhouse gas emissions from power plants • Lower electric bills for consumers • Up to 10 times longer lasting • Fewer spent lamps in the landfill • Less frequent purchasing and changing • Less heat generated • Decreased load on air conditioning systems • Reduced danger of burns from touch ing lamps • Reduced fire hazard • Least amounts of hazardous heavy metals • No environmental contamination • No risk of exposure to hazardous materials • No infrared or ultraviolet radiation • Artwork and other sensitive items last longer • Better control over the direction of light • Less wasted light Source:

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Pat Rocco, RTC IT technician, Las Vegas

Zippy E-Bikes Ditch the Car for a Fun and Easy Body-Friendly Ride by brita belli


riving a vehicle to work, the store and the gym on congested roads does more than try our patience— those daily petroleum-powered trips are polluting the planet. The Clean Air Council reports that each gallon of gas we use on the road results in 20 more pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) mucking up the atmosphere we breathe. In fact, all motor vehicles combined are responsible for 31 percent of the total CO2 emissions currently contributing to global warming. Because most car trips are short—the National Household Travel Survey finds that half of all the trips we make are three miles or less, 72 percent of these in motor vehicles— they could be replaced with a more eco-friendly ride. With such a wide variety of snazzy new options available, from cargo bicycles to electric motorcycles, it’s never been easier to move on our best intentions. ELECTRIC BIKES: These offer a zippy, eco-friendly way to run errands, combining pedal power with the assistance of a small electric motor that facilitates speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. They require no gas, license or registration, and often are allowed on roads where mopeds and scooters are off-limits. A good electric bike can travel 40 to 50 miles on a single charge. In another twist, the power of the motors in Kalkhoff brand bikes, known as pedelec bikes in Europe, increases the more you pedal. Local Electric Bike Distributor: IFT, Inc. Location: 1174 Center Point Dr., Henderson. 702-366-9300.


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ELECTRIC DIRT BIKES: Nature lovers may recoil at the idea of gas-powered dirt bikes or motocross bikes tearing around trails, but in designated spots, they can provide the thrill riders seek, minus the noxious exhaust and noisy, revving engines. In fact, Dirt Rider Magazine says of the all-electric Zero X dirt bike: “Utter silence... is the inevitable sound of the future of off-road motorcycle riding.” Its battery charger plugs in to any standard outlet, and all of the company’s lithium-ion power packs are recycled. While the battery-powered Zero can reach off-road speeds of up to 47 mph, the company Razor also designs scaleddown electric motocross bikes (and quads and scooters) for younger enthusiasts that are built for fun, with speeds of up to 14 mph for up to 10 miles on a single charge. Examples at and (search Dirt). LONGTAIL AND CARGO BIKES: Longtail, or cargo, bikes are designed for carting everything from groceries to kids. An extended mount for the back tire gives riders extra space to use as a long, flat seat for kids to straddle, with space on either side for saddlebags (called panniers) or other bucketor basket-type attachments. It has a bit larger turning radius and two kickstands for keeping the bike upright when stationary. With a base price often upwards of $1,000, cargo-oriented riders may wish to opt to convert an existing bicycle into a longtail with a backend attachment like the Free Radical from Xtracycle, which can be bolted on to provide two deep compartments for hauling up to 200 pounds of carry-ons. Madsen bikes come equipped with a large, sturdy bucket that supplies a fun ride for young ones—or for packing beach gear or shopping bags. Examples at, and BIKE ACCESSORIES: Rock the Bike, a collaboration of inventors and advocates in Berkeley, California, wants to make bike riding a fun, community-centered, mainstream activity with citizen advocates everywhere. Products offered by Rock the Bike are designed to make daily commuting and night riding easier, including cargo bikes designed for hauling heavy stuff; the Biker Bar, which allows several riders to produce clean energy from pedaling together (providing a steady 200 watts of power); Bike Blenders, which let riders pedal their way to tasty smoothies; and The Down Low Glow multi-colored neon lighting for bike frames that provides better nighttime visibility. Information at Brita Belli, the editor of E – The Environmental Magazine, is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.

RTC Pilots E-Bike Program by tess rivers n downtown Las Vegas, the odds are good that you will spot government workers taking advantage of the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) E-Bike program (see top photo on page 18). With sustainability at the core of the RTC mission, the two-wheeled initiative encourages government workers to check out an E-bike to travel short distances for errands and meetings. “Through the use of hybrid electric bicycles, we hope to increase bicycle awareness, improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and promote healthy physical activity among our employees,” says RTC General Manager Jacob Snow. Three other government agencies—the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Clark County Department of Air Quality and the city of Las Vegas—are participating in the pilot program, which is funded largely by a federal grant through the Nevada Department of Transportation. If the program is proven successful, the RTC may identify other areas in Southern Nevada that might benefit from using E-bikes. The RTC is also making it easier for commuters to bicycle to work, with a growing number of bicycle lanes and dedicated cycling paths throughout the valley. Bike racks have been added to the front of all RTC vehicles, making it simpler to combine commuting modes, with no increase in bus fare to bring a bike along on the ride. With the newly opened RTC Bike Center at the Bonneville Transit Center, downtown, commuters can enjoy a safe and convenient place to park their bike while at work for a $20 annual registration fee. The Bike Center is a valet, shop and repair center, with parking for up to 75 bikes and showers available in the restrooms. In addition to the bicycling options, the RTC promotes other commuting strategies to help reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. The Club Ride Program helps commuters develop commuting plans that include ridesharing alternatives. Businesses are encouraged to use RTC initiatives to help design and implement customized employee programs that promote more sustainable methods of traveling to and from the workplace. Some benefits to implementing a program include preferential parking, transit pass discounts and tax advantages. Viva Bike Vegas, a 103-mile, 60-mile and 17-mile ride scheduled for October 15, is sponsored by RTC. Register online at See ad, back cover.


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BAKING The Scoop on Safe-to-Eat Flours by Claire O’Neil


“Everyone should have food delicious enough to celebrate.”

luten, the propizza, or other recipes tein in wheat that normally call for and other wheat flour. cereal grains such as With an estimated barley and rye, can be 18 million Americans a problem for those sensitive to gluten in ~ Pamela Giusto-Sorrells, with celiac disease their diet and 3 million founder, Pamela’s Products or some sensitivity more diagnosed with ( to gluten. Preparing celiac disease, accordfood for a gluten-free ing to the University of diet requires experimenting with new Maryland Center for Celiac Research, ingredients, like alternative flours, and food producers have finally begun to adbecoming a label reader, says Tina dress the need. Gluten-free cereals and Turbin, an advocate for gluten-free livpastas, breads, flours and baking mixes, ing at cakes and cookies, snacks and frozen confections are now available in greater Fresh fruits, most dairy products, quantities—and in much better tasting eggs, fresh vegetables, meats, fish and versions—than just a few years ago. poultry are already gluten-free. The challenge is trying to make pancakes or New gluten-free products, such


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as sorghum flour and specially formulated baking mixes, can also help home cooks revamp recipes for family favorites. However, trying to approximate the crust, crumbliness and interior structure of baked goods typically made with wheat flour takes a bit of experimentation when using gluten-free ingredients. Sometimes just one type of flour will work, such as almond flour for waffles, rice flour for cake batter or buckwheat flour for pancakes. Other baking recipes require an assortment of gluten-free flours. Different types can combine to resemble the taste, color and texture of wheat flour, for example. Most gluten-free flour blends use rice flour as a base, with potato starch, tapioca flour, corn flour and/or cornstarch added for softness. Other flours, such as buckwheat, chickpea (garbanzo bean), millet and sorghum, can improve flavor, color and texture. Xanthan gum, an additive made from corn, typically provides structure for yeast dough made with gluten-free flour. Eggs, vinegar, sweeteners and applesauce or pumpkin purée soften and round out the flavor of the dough. Gluten-free flours, flour blends, and xanthan gum most often appear in the specialty baking section of a grocery or health food store; helpful brands include Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur Flour. Using alternative flours, homemade treats can remain a delicious part of gluten-free living.

Gluten- & Nut-Free Granola Bars

Local Author Releases Gluten-Free Book


ocal author Tara Rayburn will hold a signing event for her new book, Essential Gluten-Free Recipes – Simple • Nutrient Rich • Essential Oil Infused, at 3 p.m., October Tara Rayburn 8, at Whole Foods Market, in Green Valley Ranch. “This is an agent of lifestyle change, disguised as a recipe book,” shares Rayburn. Gluten-free and allergy-friendly diets are becoming increasingly more common to avoid allergens and help heal bodies. Rayburn emphasizes that these simple, nutrientrich recipes are for everyone. Readers will learn ways to add probiotics and enzymes to their diets naturally via beautiful meals and bountiful beverages that help nourish and heal. Rayburn is known as The Healthy Habit Coach who teaches others how to create daily, uplifting, sustainable, healthy habits. Her expertise is taking old-world wisdom and weaving it into today’s lifestyle, so that the benefits of that wisdom can be infused into our current culture. She believes the ultimate health care plan is to care for our health. This recipe for granola bars is from Rayburn’s book.

Ingredients 1 /3 cup local raw honey 1 /3 cup coconut oil 1 egg, beaten 3 Tbsp fresh orange juice 1 tsp vanilla 2 Tbsp maple syrup 3 cups whole oats 2 /3 cup bean or coconut flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder 1 tsp sea salt 1 tsp cinnamon 2 Tbsp flake coconut 1 /3 cup dried fruit, optional 2 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil (food grade only) Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix wet ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients well, then combine the wet and dry ingredients. Place the mixture on a lightly oiled, stainless steel cookie sheet or Pyrex pan and shape into a 1-inch-thick rectangle. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool and slice into bars, wrapping in unbleached wax paper. Note: Because these bars do not contain preservatives or thickeners, they may crumble more than commercial granola bars. Resources Whole oats: Bob’s Gluten-Free Rolled Oats, Therapeutic, food grade essential oils: Rayburn’s book can be purchased at and LifeSciencePublishers. com. For info, blogs, events and more, visit Call 702539-1751 or email See ad, page 11.

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way of true harmony.” To admit the truth to oneself and then speak it can be difficult, even though the rewards far outweigh the risks. “The most important thing you can do for your personal growth is to be honest with yourself,” advises life coach and workshop leader Harriette Cole, author of Choosing Truth. Honesty, she explains, begins with the self and emanates outward. Once we face our own true feelings and beliefs, we can start to act on them, bringing our behavior, relationships and professional lives into alignment. She’s found that, “Truth is essential for healthy living.”

Truth and Consequences

Honest Relationships Daring to Tell the Truth by Frances lefkowitz


mall lies are a big part of our lives. We tell them for convenience and comfort, to smooth things over for others as much as for ourselves. “It’s all right with me,” we say, when it’s not. “I’ll call you,” we insist, when we won’t. Perhaps in the most pervasive prevarication of all, we say we’re


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“fine,” when we aren’t. “The most common lies are told to avoid conflict,” says psychotherapist and relationship coach Susan Campbell, Ph.D., author of such titles as Getting Real, Saying What’s Real and Truth in Dating. “People want harmony, but this compulsive quest gets in the

Living truthfully is an avenue to selfhealing, counsels Campbell. It’s a crucial tool to help people face old fears of rejection or abandonment and wounds they may have acquired in childhood. “Being honest helps you stop avoiding emotional pain, so you’re more able to be with what is,” she says. “Getting real is an inner practice for bringing you into the moment.” The result can be a clearing away of psychological clutter, greater freedom from fears and more clarity that leads to a stronger sense of well-being. James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, in Austin, and author of Writing to Heal, is renowned for his on going clinical studies on the mental and

physical effects of expressing emotional experiences. He writes, “Psychologists have a strong sense that talking or even writing about emotions or personal upheavals can boost autonomic nervous system activity, immune function and physical health.” Dale Larson, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Santa Clara University, in California, who developed a selfconcealment scale that has been widely used in the helping professions, further comments: “We have found that selfconcealment is associated with more physical symptoms and higher levels of depression and anxiety.” Apparently, both the body and the mind have to work extra hard to lie and keep secrets.

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Telling the truth does wonders for relationships. When we hold our tongues to avoid a conflict—declaring to our partner that we don’t mind green wall paint, when we really want yellow— the feeling doesn’t just disappear. Rev. Mark D. Roberts, Ph.D., author of Dare to Be True, sees in his ministry that the cost of avoiding even superficial conflicts can be high. “You lose the ability to be yourself with your own family,” says Roberts, “and you sacrifice an authentic, growing, healthy relationship,” with a spouse or child or friend. Yet, speaking your truth to others that have their own feelings and

reactions requires tact, empathy, trust, good timing and a willingness to take chances. The cornerstone for practicing honesty in a safe and productive way is that you can only be honest about yourself. Truth is rarely objective; therefore, all we can really do is refer to our own perceptions of it. In addition to its subjectivity, the truth can be messy, distasteful and even painful. “But when we take a risk and speak the truth,” Campbell maintains, “we often find out that we can handle it, and we become inwardly stronger. Often the relationship benefits as well, because the air has been cleared.” Practicing honesty in relationships not only deepens intimacy and authenticity, it also produces better results with less effort. “Stalling is inefficient,” notes Cole. “I don’t want people coming back to me again; I’d rather tell them no at first, rather than hedge.” “Playing nice is often a lie,” she elaborates. “Being nice is not nice. Being kind is nice.” Being real, rather than nice, can bring unexpected rewards, even with strangers. By answering truthfully, you might be surprised at the sparks of revelation and connection sometimes created in a moment of pure honesty. Frances Lefkowitz’s book, To Have Not, was named one of five Best Memoirs of 2010 by Connect at

The Language of Honesty In her book, Saying What’s Real, psychotherapist Susan Campbell, Ph.D., offers some phrases that can help facilitate a safe and honest conversation. “I want... ” Assuming that other people know what we want is a self-protective mechanism; it helps us avoid feeling the vulnerability that comes from asking for what we want and possibly not getting it. If you ask for what you want at the moment you actually want it, the other person can better feel the clarity and energy of your desire. “Hearing you say that, I feel...” This phrase helps to keep our attention focused on the only truth we can know for sure—our own feelings. If talking about another’s emotions, label your interpretation; for example, “I imagine you’re feeling sad.” “I have some feelings to clear.” Old, uncommunicated emotions are like clutter: If they don’t get cleared away, you’ll just keep tripping over them. When you decide to do some emotional housecleaning, formulate a goal for the conversation. Begin by telling the other person that your intent is to clear the air so the relationship can become stronger.

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ming builds strength and stamina and is gentle on the joints; it works the body in ways that no other exercise does.

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Five Ways to Make Workouts Fun



Dancing is another way to get a groove on and burn calories at the same time. Turn on some tunes and start moving, encouraging your dog to move with you, perhaps even standing on his or her back paws if it feels right. The laughter that results is a whole other form of exercise.

by Joshua Fleming


ogs are great at showing unconditional love, being a good listener and offering open paws when a hug is needed; they also make superb workout partners. Here are five ways to bond and get healthy with your favorite four-legged friend.


An obvious way to exercise with a canine pal is to take walks together. Vets generally recommend that dogs go for at least one walk every day, and tagging along is a good way to get the 30 minutes of daily cardiovascular exercise that doctors encourage for us. Also, the regularity of a daily walk helps strengthen the relationship between a dog and owner, while devel-

oping the animal’s trust and obedience.


Many dogs love chasing tennis balls, tree limbs or other thrown objects. To get the most out of a workout, after throwing the object to be fetched, take off after it with your dog. Although the four-legged competitor may win most of the time, running back and forth and friendly competition benefit all.


It may be difficult to find a salt pool (avoid chlorine) where pooches are welcome, but shallow lakeshores, local streams and other natural bodies of water can provide enjoyable destinations to take a supervised dip. Swim-

Years ago, bicycling with man’s best friend was dangerous. Fortunately, today we have contraptions that attach a dog safely to a bicycle for a ride and prevent falls when Fido lunges after a squirrel. Bicycling with a dog running alongside is an effective workout for both of you. Exercising with canine pals can be rewarding in many ways, but workouts must be safe, as well as effective. Unless exercising at home or in a fenced yard, dogs should remain on a leash at all times and wear identification tags. Understanding the limits and abilities of a dog’s breed is also important, so that workouts can be appropriately tailored. Now, grab Fido and get moving. Joshua Fleming, a personal trainer and sports nutritionist based in Daphne, AL, is the founder of Victory Fitness, a nationwide virtual personal training initiative. Learn more at

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calendarofevents SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – 8am. Raise funds and awareness to help save lives and create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays. JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa at Summerlin, 221 N Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas. 800-227-2345. National Trails Day – 9am-1pm. Includes informational exhibits, a youth fun walk, activities for all ages and the City of Henderson Trails Photo Contest display and awards presentation. Bring your bike for a basic maintenance check compliments of REI. Free. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, Las Vegas. 267-2171. Art in the Park – 9am-5pm. Over 300 fine art & craft artists selling original artwork, plus over 25 food and beverage vendors, live demonstrations, live music and activities for children and raffle giveaways. Free. Wilbur, Bicentennial and Escalante Parks, 401 California Ave, Boulder City. 293-0214. Freedom Festival for Wild Horses & Burros – 3-6pm. Celebrating the wild horse. Stop helicopter roundups. Live bands, Native American prayer circles, face painting, arts/crafts, food and more. Bonnie Springs Ranch, 16395 Bonnie Springs Rd/Blue Diamond, Las Vegas. 875-4191. Grapes and Hops – 5-9pm. Enjoy premier handcrafted brews and some of the West Coast’s finest wines, presented under autumnal skies. Live music by Kava Kreation. Springs Preserve, US 95 & Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas. Outdoor Picture Show: The Incredibles – 7pm. Free movies under the stars that the whole family can enjoy. Guests encouraged to bring blankets to sit on, and picnic baskets with snacks to enjoy. Complimentary popcorn provided. The District at Green Valley Ranch, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson. 564-8595. Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 7pm. Enjoy a relaxing and entertaining evening with Shakespeare. Bring blankets and pillows, and enjoy the evening with the entire family. Free. Sonata Park, 1550 Seven Hills Park, Las Vegas. 267-2171.

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Demonstration Gardens, 50 Casa Del Fuego St, Henderson. 267-4000. Tree Care 101 – 10-11am. Learn how to care for your trees as we discuss watering, pruning, fertilizing, common tree pests and other gardening topics. Free. Acacia Demonstration Gardens, 50 Casa Del Fuego St, Henderson. 267-4000. CityOfHenderson. com/Parks. Hispanic International Parade – 10am-7pm. Celebrating the Eleventh Annual Hispanic International Day Parade. The parade, 10-11:30am begins at Ocean & Water sts and continues down Water St to Victory Rd. Free. Henderson Events Plaza, Water Street District, 200 S Water St, Las Vegas. 267-2171.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 Season 4 A Cure Cancer Run – 7am, registration; 9am, 5K Run & Fun Walk. Open to all skill levels and a 100-yard children’s dash. Breakfast buffet and a raffle to win fantastic prizes. Race fees vary. Summerlin Campus of Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI), 1 Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas. Natural Health and Beauty Festival – 11am-6pm. Hair and beauty, natural food, music, entertainment, free healing, door prizes, speakers, vendors. Free. Transformations Wellness Center, 1720 Bannie Ave, Las Vegas.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 Fall Fitness Walks – 7-8am. A series of fitness walks on Henderson Trails. Teens (14-17) must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Free. Anthem Hills Park, Henderson. Registration required: Young Architects – 6-8:30pm. Kids develop design skills through drawing and building while learning about a variety of architectural subjects. Ages 7-12. $29. Henderson Multi-Generational Center, 250 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson. 267-5800. Outdoor Picture Show: Rango – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. The District at GVR, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson. 564-8595. Benise: The Spanish Guitar – 8-9pm. Enjoy the high-energy rhythms combined with elaborately choreographed stage show of nouveau Spanish Flamenco genre. $10. Henderson Pavilion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson. 267-4849. Sweeney Todd Musical Theatre Performance – 8-9pm. 6:30pm, Pre-show. Laugh hysterically one moment, and gasp in surprise the next. (May not be appropriate for all audiences.) Free. Henderson Events Plaza, 200 S Water St, Henderson. 267-2171.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 Rose Regatta Dragon Boat Frestival – 8am5pm. Paddle to support those affected by breast cancer. A unique team-building and bonding activity for companies, families and friends. No experience or equipment needed. Lake Las Vegas. 6165750. Composting – 9-10am. Learn all about how composting can benefit you and your landscape. Free. Acacia

Book Signing with Tara Rayburn, The Healthy Habit Coach – 3-4pm. Experience Essential Gluten-Free Recipes with local author, Tara Rayburn. These recipes are for us all; whether or not you are eating allergy friendly, you most likely know someone who is. Free. Whole Foods Market GVR, 100 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson. 361-8183. Falun Dafa (Qigong & Meditation) – 3-5pm. Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, is an advanced traditional Chinese meditation system designed to improve mind and body through slow, gentle and smooth exercises. Free. Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo, Las Vegas. 773-3667. Outdoor Picture Show: The Haunted Mansion – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. The District at GVR, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson. 564-8595. Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. Discovery Park, 2011 Paseo Verde Pkwy, Henderson. 267-2171

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 Las Vegas Rosicrucian Order AMORC – 1-2pm. Understand The Master Within and how to apply the Natural Laws of the Universe to your everyday life. Free. Sand Creek Mobile Home Community Club House, 2627 S Lamb Blvd, Las Vegas.431-7644. Sweeney Todd Musical Theatre Performance – 4-5pm. Laugh hysterically one moment, and gasp in surprise the next. (May not be appropriate for all audiences.) Lakeside at The Village at Lake Las Vegas. 267-2171.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing – 9am-4pm. One-day seminar for nonprofit and government organization participants. $25 to cover materials. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas. 257-5502.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 Nevada Wild Fest – Oct 12-16. 3-10pm, Wed & Thurs; 3-11pm, Fri; 11am-11pm, Sat; 11am-10pm, Sun. Southern Nevada’s Music Festival & Fair. Carnival, haunted houses, zip lining, kids’ zone, food, beer and wine. Three stages with daily performances. $9, free/children under 3. Henderson Pavilion. 862-8141.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13 Core Health Learning Series – 7:15-8:30am. Monthly “Learning Series” to learn natural ways

of dealing with hormonal imbalance. Dramatically improve the way you feel. Core Health USA, 8981 W Sahara, Ste 120, Las Vegas. 818-4348.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 Haunted Harvest – Fri-Sun, 5-9pm. See Oct 14 listing. Springs Preserve, US 95 & Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas.

Green Drinks – 6pm. Attend a meeting and participate, educate and connect the 2nd Thurs each month. Free with cash bar. Element Summerlin, 10555 Discovery Dr, Las Vegas. 556-8619.

Scarecrow Festival – 6-10pm. Have fun while you help Communities In Schools of Nevada raise funds to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life. All American Sports Park, 121 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas. 770-7611.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 Bryan Christiansen – 10am-6pm. Artist Bryan Christiansen transforms discarded household furniture that he finds in neglected urban areas into art. Free for members or included in general admission. Springs Preserve, US 95 & Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas. Haunted Harvest – Fri-Sun, Oct 14-31. 5-9pm. Family-friendly atmosphere and spooktacular traditions including a haunted house, trick-or-treating fun and live onstage entertainment. $8/adults, $5/children (5-12), free/4 & younger. Springs Preserve, US 95 & Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas. Outdoor Picture Show: Mars Needs Moms – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. The District at GVR, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson. 564-8595.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 Fall Fitness Walks – 8-9am. A series of fitness walks on Henderson Trails. Teens (14-17) must be accompanied by parent/guardian. Free. Cactus Wren Park, Henderson. Registration required: Roseman University Health Festival – 10am-2pm. Free health screenings and no-cost flu shots. Free. Pahrump’s Desert View Hospital, 360 S Lola Ave, Pahrump. 968-2055. Project Dinner Table – 6pm. Gather around one very long dinner table and pass the plate family style, over six courses. Chef Rick Moonen, RM Seafood. Charity proceeds to Huntridge Teen Clinic & Volunteers in Medicine. Cashman Field, Las Vegas. Outdoor Picture Show: Hardwinked Too – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. The District at GVR, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson. 564-8595. Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. Lake Las Vegas, 15 Costa Di Lago, Las Vegas. 267-2171

Outdoor Picture Show: Ghostbusters – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. The District at GVR, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson. 564-8595.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 Lake Mead national recreation area (©D. Penn)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 Bird Mart & Exotic Bird Expo – 9am-3pm. Vendors from AR, NV and CA introduce cages, toys, bird food, and other bird products. $5. Henderson Convention Center, 200 Water St, Henderson. 5681603.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Falun Dafa (Qigong & Meditation) – 3-5pm. An advanced traditional Chinese meditation system designed to improve mind and body through slow, gentle and smooth exercises. Free. Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo, Las Vegas. 773-3667.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20 Core Health Learning Series – 11:45am-1pm. Monthly “Learning Series” to learn natural ways of dealing with hormonal imbalance. Dramatically improve the way you feel. Core Health USA, 8981 W Sahara, Ste 120, Las Vegas. 818-4348. Happy Hour Drumming – 6-7pm. Heal and gain energy. Relieve stress, reduce job burnout, decrease exhaustion, boost immune system. Music 4 Life, 6029 W Charleston, Las Vegas. 889-2881. Living Joyfully – 7-8pm. Attract more joy and happiness to your life. The instructor, a published psychology author, discusses how the mind and body play major roles in our happiness and wellbeing. $20. Henderson Multi-Gen Center, 250 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson. 267-5800.

Boulder City Health Festival – 8am-12pm. Free health screenings. Boulder City Recreation Center, 900 Arizona St, Boulder City. 968-2055. Eco-Home Fair – 10am-4pm. Experience green living solutions, education, and entertainment. Celebrity guest appearance, eco-vendor booths, cooking demos and food, eco-talk series. Free. Element Summerlin, 10555 Discovery Dr, Las Vegas. 556-8619. The Healthy Habit Coach at The Farm – 11am2pm. Experience simple and delicious recipes with local author, Tara Rayburn. The Farm hosts wonderful pumpkin patch activities throughout October on Saturdays and Sundays. Bring your coolers and purchase fresh farm eggs, local honey and homemade preserves. Free. The Farm, 7222 Grand Teton Dr, Las Vegas. 539-1751. Vaccine Education – 1-3pm. This class provides information on vaccines and NV immunization policies and practices. Make informed independent vaccination decisions for you and your family. $25. Well Rounded Momma, 6000 S. Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, Las Vegas. 795-2500. Outdoor Picture Show: Beetlejuice – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. The District at GVR. 2240 Village Walk Drive, Henderson. 564-8595. Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. River Mountain Park, 1941 Appaloosa Dr, Las Vegas. 267-2171. Doctors in Concert – 7-10pm. A memorable evening of musical performances by local physicians, medical professionals and friends. All funds raised benefit the Nathan Adelson Hospice. $30. Henderson Pavilion, 201 S Green Valley Pkwy, Las Vegas. 938-3910.

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ONGOING Pumpkin & Squash Festival – 9am-6pm. Thursdays-Sundays throughout October. Hay rides and pony rides on Saturdays and Sundays. Fresh eggs, honey and other homemade farm goodies. Free. The Farm, 7222 Grand Teton Dr, Las Vegas. 982-8000.

Lake Mead, aerial view



Bikram Yoga Classes – See website for class schedule and rates. Bikram Yoga Green Valley, 1550 N Green Valley Pkwy, Ste 310, Henderson. 463-0671.

Bike 101 – 6-7pm. Bring your bike and questions. Topics range from maintenance to performance. $7. Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Dr (off Russell Rd), Henderson. 267-5850. 40th Annual Boys Nite Out – 6-9pm. Boys (ages 7-12) from the Boys & Girls Clubs are matched with men from the community to play a variety of games, enjoy a special meal and win wonderful prizes. Free to boys. Lied Memorial Boys & Girls Club, 2850 Lindell, Las Vegas. 253-2824. Core Health Learning Series – 6:45-8pm. Monthly “Learning Series” to learn natural ways of dealing with hormonal imbalance. Dramatically improve the way you feel. Core Health USA, 8981 W Sahara, Ste 120, Las Vegas. 818-4348.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 Haunted Harvest – Fri-Sun, 5-9pm. See Oct 14 listing. Springs Preserve, US 95 & Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas. Outdoor Picture Show: Casper – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. The District at GVR, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson. 564-8595.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 Girl’s Weekend Out Women’s Expo – Oct 2930. 9am-5pm. Enjoy unique shopping, beauty tips, cool jewelry, women’s accessories, health screenings and a weekend filled with fun. Free. Riviera Hotel Grande Ballroom, Las Vegas. 602-625-3000. Family Fitness Walk – 10am-12pm. Families walk ¾-mile loop of Equestrian Trail. Receive a silly band bracelet for each loop walked. Equestrian Park South, 1200 Equestrian Dr (at Magic Way), Henderson. 267-4230. Outdoor Picture Show: Monster House – 7pm. See Oct 1 description. The District at GVR, 2240 Village Walk Dr, Henderson. 564-8595.

Daily Meditation Classes – 4am, 9am, 2pm, 5pm. 1­-hr classes. Chaiya Meditation Monastery, 7925 Virtue Ct, Las Vegas. 456-3838.

SUNDAY Fresh 52 Market – 8am-1pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market; neighbors/friends come together to celebrate their community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, Las Vegas. 900-2552. Botanical Garden Tours at Lake Loews – 9am. Learn interesting details and receive great information while exposing your senses to Loews’ botanical wonderland. Free. Botanical Gardens at Lake Loews, 1605 Lake Las Vegas, Las Vegas. 567-6000. Meditation & Readings Service – 10-10:45am. Commune with God and share spiritual fellowship. Sunday School available for children. Las Vegas Meditation Group, 1555 E Flamingo Rd, Ste 333, Las Vegas. Second Sundays – 10am-6pm. 2nd Sun. Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, meet new friends, coffee and snacks, crafts and more. Free. Dinosaurs & Roses, 6029 W Charleston, Las Vegas. 277-3752. Sanha Meeting – 3:30-5:30pm. Vipassana (insight) meditation. New and experienced meditators are equally welcome. Sahara West Library, 9600 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas. 571-1820.

MONDAY Nia Technique: Joyful Movement Classes – 5-6pm. Instructor Stacey Hall, licensed and Certified Nia Technique Instructor. First class $5. Northwest Yoga Studio, 7810 W Ann Rd, Las Vegas. 413-5316.

TUESDAY Hatha Yoga Group Class – 6-7pm. A yoga class for all levels, combining postures, breathing, and relaxation. $10/introductory class, $15/class, $55/5 sessions. World Wellness Group, 3120-A S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas. 338-3309.

WEDNESDAY The Chi-To-Be! Experience Radio Show – 9am. Learn tips for aligning your intentions to activate your intuition to aCHIeve your greatest goals. Free.


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Weight Loss Challenge & Free Nutrition Class – 6-7pm. Join us for fun, education and 3 top losers win cash. $29. 5755 S Rainbow, Ste 103, Las Vegas. 900-7431.

THURSDAY Dice Tomatoes Radio Show – Weekly Radio Show Broadcast from the Las Vegas FEED Farmers’ Market. Club Azul, 115 N 7th St, Las Vegas. 260-8987. Aroma Wellness in the Palm of Your Hand Radio Show – 9-10am. Learn how to give yourself the gift of wellness one drop at a time. Free. Country Fresh Farmers’ Market: Water Street – 9am-4pm. Free. Events Plaza, 240 Water St, Henderson. 579-9661. Downtown FEED Farmers’ Market – 10am-1pm. Azul Building, 115 N 7th St, Las Vegas. 529-0452. Momma’s Milk Circle – 10am-1pm. Support group for nursing moms and their babies hosted by lactation specialists. For ages 0-12 mos. 6000 S Eastern Ave, Ste 9A, Las Vegas. 795-2500. Pain Free Electrically – 6-7pm. 1st Thurs. Free seminar to learn more about Micro-Current Electrical Stimulation using the electro acusope and myopulse. Free. World Wellness Group, 3120 S. Valley View, 1st Fl, Main Rm, Las Vegas. 239-1069. Meditation & Readings Service – 7-9pm. Commune with God and share spiritual fellowship. Las Vegas Meditation Group, 1555 E Flamingo Rd, Ste 333, Las Vegas.

FRIDAY Country Fresh Farmers’ Market – 10am. Free. Henderson Pavillion, 200 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson. 579-9661. CountryFreshFarmers Judith Pinkerton Radio Show – 12pm. Call Judith 12:06-12:58pm at 609-7626 and ask important questions about the right music for stress. All Talk Radio. net. First Friday – 6-10pm. Arts festival on 1st Fri of each month. Food, drink, art and entertainers. Free. Downtown Arts District, Las Vegas. 384-0092.

SATURDAY Fresh 52 Market – 8am-1pm. Lively, friendly, open-air market where neighbors and friends come together to celebrate their community. Free. Tivoli Village, 302 S Rampart, Las Vegas. 900-2552. Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Club – 10am-12pm. 2nd Sat. Informative discussion about and display of electric vehicles. Free. Clark County Library, 1401 E Flamingo, Las Vegas. 277-7544.



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